China Glaze Sea Goddess The Final Five: Swatches and Reviews

Hello gentle readers.

A little while back, I showed you the first of my China Glaze Sea Goddess Collection polishes. Sand Dolla Make Ya Holla is the palest pink, almost white polish in the collection. Now hold on to your butts because I'ma going to hit you with the rest of them all at once.

Seahorsin' Around
Medium blue with gold microglitter. Two coats. 

Shell We Dance?
Rose red jelly with texture and tiny pink glitter. Two coats.

Tail Me Something
Purple textured base with silver microglitter. Two coats. 

Teal the Tides Turn
More jade green than teal, if you ask me, but beautiful none the less. Textured base with with bright green tiny glitter. Two coats. 

Wish on a Star Fish
Delicate, pink textured base with gold microglitter. Two coats.

The formula on the China Glaze Sea Goddess Collection is very different from the OPI Liquid Sands. These polishes, rather than being very fluid and smooth, are a bit thicker and the finish, when dry is more natural, organic. These remind me of coral, stones at the beach, that rough, natural sandy stone... I don't know what it is called. No, not sandstone. I can't recall the name of it, I used to see it in SoCal when I was a kid. Anyway, These polishes are beautiful, the colours are delicate, the textures are real. I like these polishes and they are getting some wear time on my nails, this Spring.

Did you pick up any of the China Glaze Sea Goddess polishes? What do you think of them? Love them? If you are thinking of grabbing some you can get them at Sally Beauty Supply, Ulta, order them from Amazon, many different walk in and online beauty supplies. Pretty much wherever you find China Glaze polishes.

Thank you for dropping in and reading. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

My First Ipsy Glam Bag! Photographs, Review

Hello gentle readers.

Well, it had to happen, eventually. I have been seeing all of the great goodies all of my fellow beauty bloggers have been scoring in their Ipsy Glam Bags and I finally caved and decided to sign up for my own subscription.

If you aren't familiar with Ipsy, it is a monthly subscription service that costs ten dollars a month, including shipping and you receive a little theme makeup bag and four or five sample to full sized beauty products. The products can be skin care, makeup, nail polish or hair care.

Signing up for the Ipsy Glam Bag Subscription Service only takes a few minutes and includes a quick quiz to get an idea about your personal preferences so that Ipsy can send bags that will be more to your taste. There is no guarantee that you will love everything, every month, of course but by filling out the quiz and by doing the monthly pop up reviews, you can further refine your preferences. I am still getting the hang of everything that goes on on their website. But I'm a bit slow about that kind of thing. You will probably just jump right in. You can also accumulate Ipsy Points which, I believe, you can redeem for goodies. I am beginning to rack up a few points. I wouldn't mind earning some goodies.

This month, the theme is Destination Beauty, taking us on a trip to Palette Island. (Hey, I'm not the one who made that up, it was on the card that came in my bag. So don't shoot the messenger.) My bag contained four products, two deluxe samples and two full sized products.

The bag is a soft, vinyl envelope style zip closure makeup bag in a fun, artist inspired print. Idiot that I am, I tossed the hang tag that detailed the artist's name and details. I like the print and I will definitely enjoy using this bag. Now, I hear a lot of griping about Ipsy makeup bags being smelly or stinky. This bag is neither. It did smell lightly of vinyl off gassing but after it was sitting out for a day or so that dissipated. It certainly wasn't smelly or stinky.

The contents of my Ipsy Glam Bag:

Pixi Flawless Beauty Primer, Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready, Be a... Bombshell Eye Shadow Quad in in Bora Bora and Nicole By OPI Roughies Nail Enamel in On What Grounds?

There is no swatch of the Pixi primer. This is a deluxe sample size tube. You can purchase this at Target in a one ounce pump bottle for $22.00.  It contains chemical sunscreen and I can't put it on my skin so I just left it unopened so I can pass it along to someone who can use it and enjoy it. I don't own any other Pixi products. I should get to Target and pick up a few, give them a whirl, I suppose.

The Be a... Bombshell Eye Shadow Quad in Bora Bora (full size) $16.00. Shades are, from the top, running clockwise, Starlet, A warm, medium brown shimmer. Bora Bora, A Caribbean blue shimmer. Rock Bottom, gold shimmer and Risky Business, a copper shimmer.

The eye shadows, swatched. All four are shimmers, soft, velvety and smooth with very nice pigmentation and colour payoff. They apply and blend very nicely without much fallout or going muddy. This is a nice little quad of eye shadows. This is my first experience with Be a... Bombshell. I think that I need to explore further. If the rest of their line is as nice as this shadow quad, I could really like their makeup.

Nicole by OPI Roughies: On What Grounds? Now, we all know that this is Liquid Sand, right? With the addition of dark blue small matte glitter pieces. This Robin's egg blue textured polish is right on for Spring and Summer. Application is easy and smooth and pleasant. It is a touch streaky on the first coat, perfect, even and opaque by the second. Dry time, as with all Liqui I mean Roughies is quick but give it a little cure time before you slap it around. I would buy more Nicole by OPI Roughies if I were enchanted by the colour.

Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Get Ready: $18.00. This deluxe Sample sized lipstick is surprisingly generous and will last me longer than I thought it would. The shade is a beautiful, neutral pink rose, the texture is lightweight, soft and very smooth. The finish is silky. It is a (get ready for it) my lips but better shade. The feel is very light and comfortable and it isn't drying. Wear time isn't stellar. I don't expect it to be, with a lipstick of this type and since I don't have an aversion to touching up and re applying, I don't mind. I would definitely consider buying this brand in full size.

Swatch of Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie In Get Ready. How pretty is this lipstick? Enough pigmentation to brighten the lips and the face but not so bright that it wouldn't be wearable just about anywhere. I could see this lipstick flattering a lot of people.

All in all, I am tickled pink with my first Ipsy Glam Bag. If they keep on being as good as this first one, Ipsy and I are going to enjoy a long, happy and satisfying relationship.

If you have been thinking that Ipsy looks like fun, that you might like to sign up, You can click my link to sign up (if you sign up through my link I receive points that I can redeem for goodies, apparently) or you can go to Ipsy dot com and sign up. I am happy, either way. When I signed up I was placed in a waiting list then given the opportunity to hop off by sharing that I had signed up with Ipsy on Facebook, which I opted to do. I was hopped off the wait list and received the next bag that was scheduled to ship. The whole wait list, hop off thing felt a bit gimmicky to me, I understand the motivation behind it but I do feel it is a little silly. Just sign people up and let's rock and roll. Ah, promotion.

Do you do Ipsy? What do you think of it? Like? Love? What are some of your favorite goodies received from this subscription service? Please do tell.

Thank you so much for coming by and reading and have a lovely day!

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection Review, Swatches and Photographs

Hello gentle readers.

One of my favorite recent makeup acquisitions is the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection, a beautiful collector's tin filled with sixteen matte and shimmer eye shadows formulated with real, natural cocoa powder. It is thought that chocolate has soothing properties and can help to protect, condition and heal skin that has been exposed to sun and wind. I can't speak to the healing and soothing claims but I can say that the cocoa powder these shadows are formulated with make them smell delicious.

Okay, let's begin with this box. Pure Too Faced too sweet and pretty. How can you resist this box? It looks like the loveliest jumbo chocolate bar wrapper in girlie heaven. Confession? I haven't thrown my box away, yet. I normally toss outer packaging, right away because who needs clutter around? But this little box is still lurking It'll go, eventually. I am not ready to heave it out, just yet.

The tin packaging is brown and shaped like a chocolate bar and the little raised areas coincide with the eye shadow pans contained within. The packaging feels fairly substantial and very nice in the hands, the surface is smooth and silky, very much like a lovely, perfectly tempered chocolate bar. I am not the biggest fan of brown but I don't object to this palette, because chocolate. It looks pretty siting on my dressing table or stacked in with my other palettes. The surface is easy to keep clean. My one small gripe with this palette is that the magnetic closure that secures the lid is a touch weak and I need to remember to be careful when I pick this palette up or it can swing open when I don't want it to and I have dropped it, as a consequence. Happily, it suffered no breakage. *big whew!!! of relief!*

As the palette is opened a couple of things arrest your attention. The adorable surround around the large mirror inside the lid. The sweet, soft waft of chocolate that hits the nose. The legend sheet that tells us which flavors await our eagerly seeking shadow brushes. No guessing, here. We know exactly what we are getting in this box of chocolates. Unfortunately the only place the shadow names are listed are on that dratted legend sheet, necessitating my having to hang on to it. Really, Too Faced? All of the palettes you have created, you know better. This was lazy and sloppy. Especially since there would have been room to list the shade names in the palette above each shadow with just a tiny tweak in the overall size. Tsk-tsk.

Also, just let me gripe a bit... When this palette arrived on my doorstep, Milk Chocolate was out of the palette and there was a nasty glue smear on the plastic bar between it and white chocolate. I still need to work on getting it all cleaned up pristine but I decided to leave it a mess until after photos and review because it needed to be seen and discussed. Why? because, for fifty clams, in my not so humble opinion, a palette should be flawless, thank you very much. Am I demanding? Why yes. I am. #sorrynotsorry

The shadows, themselves. Have I mentioned that they smell like chocolate? If you haven't experienced this palette, yet, please know that I am not BS-ing you, here. It really, really does smell like chocolate. Softly, sweetly, gently like chocolate. And not nasty, chemical, fake chocolate. It smells real and sweet and yummy and it is gorgeous to work with because every time I do my eyes with this palette, it delights my senses as well as my eyelids. Om, nom, nom, nom!

There are two highlight shadows, one matte, one shimmer, 0.10 oz each.
Fourteen shadows in a mix of matte and shimmer shades, 0.03 oz each.

This palette is largely neutral with a few bright shadows to lend a fun, pop of colour and even a bit of sparkle to your eye looks, should that be what you would like. In my personal experience, these shadows perform best and last longest when applied over an eye shadow primer or base. I don't find this to be a detriment. I use primer or a creme base shadow routinely. Over a primer or base, I get all day wear with no fading or creasing. If I neglect to apply a primer, first, I experience some fading and creasing, mid day and by the end of the day, my shadow doesn't look as fantastic as I would like. As with all products, YMMV, this is my own experience.

Time for some swatches and a run down of the individual shades: These swatches are on the inside of my forearm, over primer, photographed in a combo of OttLight and light coming in through my window.

  • Gilded Ganache: Medium-deep brown with a gold shift and shimmer. A little stiff in the pan, beautiful pigmentation and payoff, applies and blends beautifully. 
  • White Chocolate: Soft, velvety, semi sheer matte creme highlight or all over the lid shade. Very soft and a bit flaky. 
  • Milk Chocolate: Light, generously pigmented matte slightly rosy based tan brown. Soft, velvety, applies and blends beautifully. Lovely lid and blending out or transition shade. 
  • Black Forest Truffle: Intensely pigmented purple base with gold shift and shimmer and fleck. A bit stiff and flaky gives up some fallout. Is intense when swatched. I haven't played with this on my eyeballs, yet. (Dark circles and purple? Yeah. No.) 
  • Triple Fudge: Matte deep brown. Extremely pigmented. Very stiff to the touch and to swatch. Applies patchy and needs a great deal of work to smooth out and make even and pleasant. Not the best matte in this palette. 
  • Salted Caramel: Warm light caramel brown matte. Lovely and smooth and soft. Great pigmentation and payoff and blends like a dream. Love this for transition and blending. 
  • Marzipan: Silky smooth insanely pigmented peach shimmer. Slightly flaky but nothing to worry about. Delicious.
  • Semi-Sweet: Matte medium brown. A tad stiff but not hard. A little patchy but definitely blendable. Very pigmented, make it work, it's worth it. Crease, lower lash line liner... Yep. Yep. 
  • Strawberry Bon Bon: Soft, velvety, smooth, somewhat sheer-ish cool toned matte light pink. I like this for highlight or inner corner or lid for easy, breezy light-bright eye looks. 
  • Candied Violet: Slightly sheer violet shimmer with bright pink fleck. A bit stiff, not super pigmented but very pretty swatched, I have yet to get this on my eyes. 
  • Amaretto: Rich red-brown shimmer. Intensely pigmented, very silky and smooth to apply tho a bit stiff to the finger touch. 
  • Hazelnut: Medium brown shimmer. Very pigmented and beautiful payoff. Silky going on tho a touch stiff in the pan. Have a care for fallout. 
  • Creme Brulee: Ooo! Gorgeous golden shimmah. Smooth, pigmented, applies like a dream. This is like the custard. Delicious. Perfect. 
  • Haute Chocolate: Medium-deep brown shimmer. Smooth, intensely pigmented, applies and blends like heaven. 
  • Cherry Cordial: Deep, intensely pigmented matte burgundy with tiny hints of iridescent fleck. Stiff, dry, a bit patchy but blendable. Really beautiful to look at but it is my experience that colours like this don't look well on me and I haven't put this one on, yet. 
  • Champagne Truffle: Pale, pale pink shimmer highlight shade. This one can also do double duty as a face highlight with a very soft brush and a light hand. 
The Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection is an excellent palette. The colours are versatile, wearable and age appropriate whether you are seventeen or seventy. This palette can flatter a wide range of skin tones and delight the nose every lover of something sweet. Look, If you haven't checked this palette out, yet, give it a shot. Go to Ulta or Sephora and swatch it for yourself. Don't let the branding throw you off; I steered clear of Too Faced for a long time because I thought it was just for kids. Nonsense. Too Faced is for anyone and everyone who loves pretty, quality makeup and whimsical, charming packaging. If you love those things like I love those things, go get yourself a Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection palette. Seriously. Go get one. You'll love it.

Did you take a shot every time I said love? How drunk are you? 

Do you own this palette? Do you love it? Were you underwhelmed by it? Please do tell, I'd like to hear what you think. 

The Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Collection palette is $49.00 and is available at Sephora, Ulta, from their websites, from Too Faced's website and various other sellers of quality makeup. 

I am not posting consistently. I understand this and I am not apologizing and I am not offering an explanation I just want to say that I am trying. Trying to get my blog mojo back and my life mojo back. It's just... Taking me time. I'll get there. Thank you for swinging by and reading and have a beautiful day! 

Sample Saturday: Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream: Review

Hello gentle readers.

Welcome to a new feature here on the old blog. Sample Saturday. As long as I have samples to try and natter about, I will try them and, each Saturday, natter about one.

Today I am going to natter about Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream. Benefit claims that this eye cream contains a peptide complex that is known to help restore elasticity and firmness to the skin. A hydrating blend of botanical extracts including apple extract, which helps boost collagen production, and loquat extract which helps to protect the skin from free radical damage. Further claims are that this eye cream fades dark circles and helps smooth fine lines for brighter, younger looker eyes. This eye cream is fragrance free.

This was a fairly generous sample. It lasted me five days, morning and evening use. Not bad, for a little paper and foil pack sample.

Benefit It's Potent Eye Cream is very thick, upon first application it feels rich and emollient and moisturizing. It sinks swiftly into the skin, leaving it feeling soft and non greasy. My makeup went on over this eye cream smoothly and looked fresh and pretty.  Unfortunately, for me, personally, the moisturizing effect didn't last all day. After a few hours, my under eye area began to feel and look a bit parched and my fine lines were enhanced, rather than reduced or softened.

This eye cream had zero effect on my dark circles. I didn't expect it to do anything for them. It was, after all, just a sample. And, my dark circles are legen... wait for it.. dary and there is no way any eye cream, especially a sample is going to fade them.

Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream is a very nice product. I do believe that it was designed for younger, less dry skin types with fewer aging challenges that I presented to it. If you are younger, don't have as dry skin, the challenges my peepers present to an eye cream, Benefit It's Potent! Could be lovely skin care for you and I encourage you to give it a whirl.

Benefit It's Potent! is available in a one half ounce glass jar and retails for $34.00 and you can purchase it anywhere you can find Benefit products.

Have you tried Benefit It's Potent! Eye Cream? Do you use it? What do you think of it? If not this what is your favorite eye cream? Please do tell.

Thank you so much for swinging by on your Saturday and reading my nattering on this week's sample and have a beautiful weekend.

China Glaze Sand Dolla Make You Holla: Swatch and Review

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Hello gentle readers.

China Glaze Sand Dolla Make You Holla is the first of the Sea Goddess Collection polishes I will be sharing with you. This palest of pink base toned sandy crelly is swimming with tiny square multi coloured glitter. This polish is similar to OPI Liquid Sand but it it thicker, less fluid and not as smooth. I found that it was prettier with top coat, so that is how I am showing it to you, in this swatch.

This swatch is two coats of China Glaze Sand Dolla Make You Holla and two coats of Nubar Diamonte top coat.

China Glaze Sand Dolla Make You Holla is a bit streaky and sheer on the first coat but evens out very nicely on the second. As you can see, in my photos, some VNL is visible in photogroahs but it isn't visible when you look at the polish, in person. It's odd, how polishes like this will look perfectly opaque in person yet photographs somewhat sheer. Dry time is very good on this polish. It is textured and a bit thirsty, you can wear it matte and sandy or, as I am showing it, here, topped with shiny top coat. I normally show these textured polishes as they come into the world, in all their sandy glory, I thought it would be fun to top this one, for a change.

What do you think of China Glaze Sand Dolla Make You Holla? Do you like it? Have you picked it or any of the other Sea Goddess  polishes up, yet?

Say, have you entered my giveaway for a set of four OPI Beach Sandies Minis? It's open to US residents until the 31st! Click this link to travel to my review/giveaway post to enter.

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading and have a great day!

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OPI Incognito in Sausalito and KB Shimmer Clown Puke

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Hello gentle readers.

A little while back, I had to do the nubbins thing. When I go very short, I like to go very dark or very pale. For this manicure, I went very dark and very sparkly, as well. I polished my freshly nubbinized nails with the incomparable OPI Incognito in Sausalito, a deep, rich navy creme then I did accent nails with KB Shimmer Clown Puke, an insanely colourful glitter topper.

OPI Incognito in Sausalito with KB Shimmer Clown Puke accent nails Gelous and Seche Vite tops the glitter nails.

KB Shimmer Clown Puke has a pretty fantastic formula for a chunky glitter topper. While I had to do some of the usual pat and place that is the usual for a glitter of it's ilk, this polish wasn't troublesome or difficult to work with. It was also surprisingly smooth, in spite of how chunky and full of big, fun stuff it is.

Rather than try to describe KB Shimmer Clown Puke to you in words, which would take a long time, considering how many colours and shapes of glitters is in the mix, I am going to hit you with a couple of macro shots and let the pictures speak a thousand words.

Anyone who knows me well knows that I am freaked out by clowns. But KB Shimmer Clown Puke doesn't freak me out, at all. It just makes me smile. It makes me happy. It sparkles and shines and stands out beautifully against any base colour.

So there you have it, a fun and festive way to celebrate fresh new nubbins. Do you own OPI Incognito in Sausalito or KB Shimmer Clown Puke? Have you tried wearing them layered together?

What do you like to wear on fresh, new nubbins? Do you go deep and dark or soft and pale? Please share your strategy for dealing.

Say, speaking of polish... And OPI... Have you entered my giveaway for a set of Brazil Beach Sandies Minis? Clickity Click Here to travel to my review and giveaway post to enter to win a set of four Liquid Sand minis in bright saturated, tropical colours that are perfect for Spring and Summer. This giveaway is open to U.S. residents.

Thank you so much for coming by and reading, have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

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Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color in Fiery Coral Review and Photographs

Hello gentle readers. 

Today I have for you a newer product from Milani. This is Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color in 03 Fiery Coral. Milani calls this a heavily pigmented high shine gloss with the longevity of a lipstick. It is paraben free, cruelty free but not vegan. 

Milani Lip Intense Liquid Lip Color is available at various drugstores and larger mass retailers that carry Milani and on the Milani website. I bought mine at my local CVS and I paid $6.29 for 0.20 fl. oz/6mL of product in a sleek, torpedo shaped hot coral pink and gold tube. The colour of the tube corresponds to the shade of the lip product contained within.

The tube is so pretty, all pink and gold but boy! Is that all of that reflective gold a bear to photograph! 

Swatch on the back of my hand. Check out the rich, densely pigmented formula. It is also smooth and glossy, especially initially. 

 On my lips. So pretty. I have to say, I love, love, love that hot pink coral! Sadly, for me that is where the love affair ended. I read so many rave reviews of this product, that so many bloggers loved it, how it applied so smoothly, that a tiny bit covered so flawlessly, wore a long time and was comfortable and even moisturizing that I just knew that I was going to adore it, also.

I didn't have that experience with this product. To get look you see in the above photograph, I had to pile the lip colour on. The small amount others said that they needed resulted in just a streaky, thin coat that didn't begin to cover my naturally deeply pigmented lips. It took me a long time and a lot of work to get this smooth, even application. Once the photographs were taken, I wore this for a while and the results were very disappointing. With wear, the lip colour broke up, fell apart, wore unevenly.

Initially, it felt nice, smooth and moist on my lips. But after a very short while it began to feel oily, slippery and it felt as if it was trying to run away from me. Between the oily, slippery feel and the breakup I was worrying this and fussing with it, trying to keep it smooth and even and in place and looking as I felt it should and I wasn't happy. What was I doing wrong? Surely it was me? Surely it was my fault? After a couple of frustrating hours of fighting with this product, I removed it and applied lip balm to soothe my offended lips.

I got some feedback on this product from other bloggers and I gave it another chance a day or two later. I applied it again, wore it longer, tried not to worry it, It traveled up above my upper lip on the left side, (happily I wasn't wearing makeup that day!) It wore unevenly, again and as time wore on, it dried my poor lips out terribly. By the time I removed it, my lips were yelling at me to never put that stuff back on them, again.

I so very, very much wanted to love this product! I bought the Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color in Fiery Coral because I saw so many others loving it and I fully expected to love it, too. I am disappointed that I do not. I did adore the colour! I was pleasantly surprised at how much I loved that bright, hot pink-coral shade and I fully intend to buy other lip products in that shade. I think it really does look good on me.

Okay, in the interest of full disclosure, I did a little basic, very amateurish airbrushing. I lightened up my insane dark circles a bit and the red spots on the sides of my poor offended nose where my glasses hurt. Otherwise, no photo editing was done, save sharpening, because I am a shaky ole broad.

What do you think of the Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color? Did you pick it up? Do you love it? I know that a lot of people do. If you do, feel free to gush on in a comment. I really do like to hear the good about things, even when they aren't the best for me.

I am going to take this lip colour back to the store with my receipt, return it and try something else. Maybe they will have the new rose blushes... They never got them, last year. They did finally get the neutral shadow sticks! You know... The ones that everyone was all goo-goo over last year? Small towns. Pffft! Maybe I'll grab one or two of those and give them a whirl. They are supposed to be really good and I am a raging eyeshadow ho. Some people go for blushes, others are all about the lipsticks. Me? It's eyeshadows. I love me some eyeshadows. All the pretty, pretty eyeshadows. Singles. Sticks. Pots. Palettes... I see new eyeshadows and I am a goner.

Thank you so much for popping in, spending a little time with me and reading my review. Take care of your self and have a beautiful day!

OPI Brazil Beach Sandies Minis Collection Review and... GIVEAWAY!

Hello gentle readers.

Spring is springing! The birdies are singing, the sun is shining. My windows are open, my allergies are driving me In.Sane. Well, actually, it has been like this for a long time. In my neck of the woods, Winter never really properly set in. It got a little chilly in December, January. Then started warming up in February, it has felt like Spring, since. It is crazy! I live in Arizona, but in my part of the state, we get four proper seasons, cold weather, even snow. But when the snow was supposed to be flying, it was in the seventies and I was running ceiling fans! This year has been weird as weird. Anywhoozle...

It is Spring as Spring can be and the trees are leafing out and daffodils are blooming and it is time for bright and beautiful nail polish! And some of the brightest is coming from the brains of OPI, you guys. Part of the new Spring Brazil Collection is a set of four mini Liquid Sand polishes called Beach Sandies. These four baby beauties are perfect to brighten up your outlook if you are still suffering the dregs of Winter doldrums or need a a perfect pick-me-up. Nearly neon, but not quite, these juicy, tropical colours will lift your mood and drench your tips in happiness.

OPI Brazil Beach Sandies Liquid Sand Minis swatches are two coats each. No top coat.

Samba-dy Loves Purple: Pretty Summery nearly neon purple. 

I'm Brazil Nuts Over You: Hot pink-ness with a touch of iridescent flame. 

What's a Little Rain Forest? Bright pool blue. Dive in! The water's fine! 

You're So Flippy Floppy: Bright, sunshine yellow. Sweet as lemonade. 

The formula on all four of these little beauties is sandy-licious. OPI Liquid Sand is so easy to apply and control, I don't have to do a whole lot of cleanup when I apply them, they dry fairly quickly and while the wear time isn't stellar, I get a good couple of days out of them. Removal isn't difficult, either.

 I am not sad that these polishes are minis. I think that by the end of Summer I am going to be happy to set them aside and to be honest, while I am happy to have all four colours, I wouldn't want to have to invest in all of them in full sized bottles. 

What do you think of these sandy minis? Aren't they fun? Do you like them? Have you picked them up? Thinking about it? Think that you'd like to... Maybe... I don't know... 

Win your own set? Because I bought an extra set to give away and if you are a U.S. Resident you can enter to win it. Just read the rules, below and enter using the Rafflecopter widget.

This Giveaway is Now Closed. Thank You For Your Entries. The Winner has been drawn by Rafflecopter and contacted and responded to me. Congratulations! :D 

The Rules:

This Giveaway is open from 3/10/2014 to 3/31/2014. 

The prize is one set of OPI Brazil Beach Sandies Mini nail polishes. The photograph, above is the set being offered. It is brand new and unopened. 

This giveaway is open to legal residents of the United States, only. I'm sorry, everyone. I wish that it could be otherwise but shipping restrictions being what they are, this is how it has to be. This is open to residents of Alaska and Hawai'i. So far, I haven't had any difficulty sending polish to those states. If the winner is from one of those two states and I have trouble sending to those states, I will go shopping for a special surprise alternate prize that I can send to that winner and send it to that person and draw a new winner for the polishes.

Entrants must be 18 or older or have a parent or legal guardian's permission to enter this giveaway.

I will verify the entries of the winner. If I deem any of the entries to be invalid for any reason, the entrant will be disqualified and a new winner will be drawn. There will be no discussion, no argument. My decision is final. 

I will contact the winner by e-mail. The winner will have forty-eight hours from the time I send the e-mail to respond and provide their mailing address so that I can mail their prize. If I do not receive a reply within the forty-eight hour window, a new winner will be drawn. I may choose to give the winner additional time to respond to my initial e-mail but that is not promised. 

Once I send the package out, my responsibility for it ends. I will try to get a tracking number for it and provide it but I can't guarantee this. 

If the package goes missing in shipment and can't be found I will not provide a replacement. This is a one off prize. 

Please enter using the Rafflecopter widget only. Any entries left in a comment or sent to me in an e-mail will not count and will be deleted. So please, give the Rafflecopter widget a chance to load and get to entering! 

If you would like to earn additional entries, the fastest and easiest way is to use the social media buttons at the top of my blog page. Each time you click a button, a new window opens up, making it faster, easy and convenient. 

Get to it and good luck, everyone! 

Zoya Ibiza Photographs and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Zoya Ibiza is a polish that lurked around on my wishlist for quite some time. I received it as a gift in a Secret Santa swap from a lovely fellow polish enthusiast. Thank you again, to Hannah for sending this gorgeous, gorgeous polish to me! I love it. Do you read The Dalai Lama's Nails? If you haven't checked out Hanna's blog, yet, click the link and go say hi. Hannah gives great blog, lots of wonderful nail art, detailed tutorials, terrific photographs.

Zoya Ibiza is a rich cobalt blue creme shot through with silver shimmer. Golly, this polish is beautiful! This is two coats, topped with Posche top coat.

The formula on Zoya Ibiza is just as smashing as the colour. Smooth, fluid but not thin or runny. This polish flowed off the brush, sat sweetly down where I placed it, there was no running, pooling, streaking, dragging or bubbling. Dry time was a tad pokey but not obnoxiously so. A quick dry top coat definitely helps this polish and helps you get back to your activities in good time. As I said earlier, I got a solid four days wear out of this beauty. That is, for me a good, long wear time and makes me perfectly happy.

Removal of this polish is a little tricky; best to be careful as it is highly pigmented. I find that setting an acetone soaked cotton round onto the nail, soften the polish then pull it straight off the nail, don't rub back and forth. Any dry skin on your cuticles, fingers will grab the pigment and stain. The staining is very temporary but it is annoying. Blue polish. So pretty. Such a pain in the butt.

So, what do you think of Zoya Ibiza? Do you own it? Love it? Please do tell.

Thank you for popping by and reading. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble!

Review: Jane Iredale Circle/Delete Concealer in Peach

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Hello gentle readers.

In my never ending quest to find something. Anything that will work to correct, conceal and brighten my deep, dark under eye circles, I purchased and have been test driving the Jane Iredale Circle/Delete Concealer in Peach. This product is a two part system created to correct and brighten the under eye area and knock out dark circles.

Thanks to the generosity of my ancestors, chronic, year 'round allergies and rotten sleep patterns, I have nasty dark circles. They are especially difficult to correct and conceal because I am so damned fair skinned. Add to the pile the fine lines under my eyes (because old broad) and I have a lovely problem, indeed to solve, here.

Is the Jane Iredale Circle/Delete the answer to my problem? Read on.

There is 2.8 g./ .1 oz of product the retail price is $29.00.

This product is made up of a lot of gentle, natural and soothing ingredients. There are no harsh chemicals, no chemical sunscreens. This product is not tested on animals.

The Jane Iredale Circle/Delete Concealer is a two part system. The top is a peach toned creamy corrector that is patted on first to help neutralize blue/purple toned discolouration under the eyes. Then, the lower, lighter portion can be used to brighten and conceal. This product can be applied with fingers, a taklon brush or, my favorite tool, a damp Beauty Blender.

Swatches of the Jane Iredale Circle?Delete Concealer in Peach corrector and light concealer.

I have been using this many different ways: Under foundation, over foundation, instead of foundation. Just the peach; under, over, instead of. Just the light; over, under, instead of... Set with powder. Not set with powder.

What I like about this product:

  • Lightweight, creamy and smooth. Blends into the skin and stays put. 
  • Easy to apply with fingers, a brush or a damp sponge. 
  • Can be worn alone or under or over foundation. 

What I don't like so much about this product:

  • My dark circles just laugh at it. 
  • Wear time isn't the greatest. I have to touch up, after about six hours or so. 
  • Settles into my fine lines. I have to tap it smooth, then reapply to keep my under eye area looking as smooth as possible. 

I really, really wanted this product to be a beautiful success for me. There is a lot to like about this corrector/concealer combination. It is smooth, lightweight, creamy and easy to blend into the skin or into foundation. It does brighten and correct. Unfortunately, it just can't handle my monster dark circles. I think that for someone with mild/moderate dark circles; say, you partied a little too hearty, missed a little sleep because the baby kept you up or you were pulling an all nighter studying or getting a closing argument ready this could work beautifully for you. But sadly, my quest for my holy grail under eye corrector/brightener continues. I will keep using this while I search, tho. It does help a little and it isn't awful to have on my face. I do find it emollient and comfortable for the skin under my peepers. 

Are you a fair skinned blonde person with monster blue/purple-y toned dark circles from hell? Have you hit upon the magic peach/orange-y corrector of life that corrects them, makes them disappear from sight? (I have tried the Bobbi Brown, it was a bust,) Do you have a holy grail combo that makes you look fresh as a daisy, alert and awake? I'm desperate, here. 

Thank you so much for popping in and reading and have a beautiful day!

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China Glaze Happy Holiglaze Collection: Swatches and Quickie Reviews

Hello gentle readers.

I should have done this post a long time ago. This collection got caught up in the vortex of my life events of last Autumn. A lot of things did. I have a pile of polishes that will be trickling through, here and there. I know that this is a Christmas/Winter collection but a lot of these polishes can go into the rest of the year, so if you picked up any of these beauties, or if you run across any of them in your travels in various stores or beauty supplies, don't dismiss them out of hand, pick them up, give them another look and consider their potential.

The China Glaze Happy Holiglaze Collection for Christmas/Holiday 2013 is a lineup of shimmers, glitters and a texture polish that resembles snow. No cremes or jellies were included in this lineup. There is a lot of red, purple and blue and a gracious plenty of sparkle and shine.

I'm going to run this down in one post. Lost of photographs, quick descriptions and mini reviews to go with.

So Blue Without You. Cerulean blue foil. Wintery and cool. Not unusual but very pretty and wearable. Certainly not just Holiday or Christmas, this could be pretty any old time you like. If you see this in a clearance sale, grab it, it's a beaut. Think of this in the Summer. It looks like the blue sky, don't you think? This is two coats and top coat. The formula is nice.

Bells Will Be Blinging. One coat over So Blue Without You. Topped with Gelous and Seche Vite. Multi glitter mix topper comprised of extra fine blue and silver, blue and silver hex, silver holo bar glitter in a fluid clear base. This is one coat topped with Gelous and Seche Vite.

Macro shot! 

Just Be-Clause. Pretty, classic Christmas red shimmer. Two coats, top coat. Very nice formula and application. Dries in good time, too.

Santa Read My List. Magenta foil. Two coats and top coat. Lovely formula and application.

Be Merry, Be Bright. Red and purple tiny square and medium hex glitter in a clear fluid base. This Pretty topper has a lovely formula, easy application and good dry time. Topped with Gelous and Seche Vite it is mad, mad shiny, sparkly and very smooth.

Macro shot!

All wrapped up. Blue and silver micro glitter in a clear base. This needed three thin coats to opacity. This is very, very sparkly and pretty! Not necessarily holiday. It can be for any time. Dries a bit gritty and thirsty, needs extra top coat. Topped with Gelous and Seche Vite.

Mingle With Kringle. Not your mother's gold nail polish. This is modern, glamorous and has a great, edgy quality. This warm gold has red sparks running through it. Very interesting. This is two coats and top coat.

Your Present Required. Glitter topper that would be fun and festive all year around! Think birthday parties, going to the fair, all kinds of occasions. I love this mix of tiny squares to jumbo hex in gold to white to copper, blue and pink. Application is pretty good for a chunky glitter topper of this ilk. Some patting and coaxing is needed but it isn't difficult. You will need to fish for the biggest hex bits. Sadly, I could only find one jumbo white one. This stuff dries in good time. This swatch was topped with Gelous and Seche Vite.

Macro shot! 

Elfin' Around. Red and gold foil. This has a pretty, almost iridescent quality, when the light hits it. bright and pretty, if not particularly unusual. This swatch is three coats and top coat. This polish has a nice formula but it doesn't handle ridges well. As you can see, Even with three coats, my ridges are large and in charge!

Travel in Colour. Iridescent topper. I swatched this over black. My photo doesn't begin to do this beauty justice. It is soooooo pretty! It is a micro, micro, micro glitter that shifts and dances and sparkles and plays with your eyes in the most pleasing ways imaginable. You have to see this in person to believe it. This is one coat over one coat of Wet and Wild Black Creme. I topped with Seche Vite. I bumped my index nail and just kind of tried to smooth the bumped spot, rather than re polish the nail. It had been a long session, I wasn't feeling re painting. #lazyslag

There's Snow One Like You. Two Coats. No top coat. Textured sandy stuff with hex glitter pieces inside it. This stuff builds up fast, it looks like drifted snow piled up on a fence post. Application is an experience with this stuff.

Macro shot!

This is Tree-Mendous. Two coats of green and gold micro glitter in a clear base. Lots of Gelous and Seche Vite to make it smooth and super sparkly. This is very pretty. And not just holiday... If your school or team colours are green and gold, here is your polish.

And finally, we have Put a Bow On It. A purple and fuchsia micro glitter mix. Like the others in this collection, it is very, very sparkly once topped with plenty of top coat, I used Gelous and Seche Vite. This is opaque in three coats.

All in all, the China Glaze Happy Holliglaze Collection for Christmas/Holiday 2013 is a beautiful collection. There is a variety of shimmers, foils, glitters and even an interesting textured polish. Tho these polishes are not in wide release, any longer, they are still available here and there. I have seen them on Amazon, various online beauty supplies have them, I have seen them in Sally Beauty Supply stores here and there, as well. Check the clearance bins, if they still have them, they will usually be there, and for a steal.

Did you grab any of these beauties when they were in wide release? Are any of them jumping out at you, now? Many of these polishes would be very wearable any time, anywhere. These aren't just Christmas, you know.

Thank you for popping in and reading and have yourself a great day.